Institutions and Civil Society

Theme overview
While families and relationships are personal and subjective, these experiences are individually and collectively shaped by institutions of the state and of civil society. Institutions can serve to control and regulate our personal relationships. Yet they can also provide opportunities for interdependencies, social networks and social action. Our research in this theme seeks to explore this complex dynamic in the context of social change. Areas of current and planned research include the changing nature of work and families’ experiences of change; the impact of organisational policies and practices on family practices; how new technologies are reshaping work and family lives; and the shifting role of civil society during austerity. Of fundamental concern is the on-going impact of economic change, both globally and locally, and the resultant consequences on social institutions and those using them. Our research in this area is multidisciplinary, uses a range of theoretical and methodological approaches, and informs policy and practice across different domains.
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Current/recent projects in this theme
‘A new page: Libraries, austerity and the shifting boundaries of civil society’
Personal networks of young adults in Switzerland: Social capital, educational and work aspirations
Digital Epiphanies – work/family configurations in a digital age Digital Epiphanies is looking at the ways in which digital technologies are reshaping our work and family lives
Future Reserves Research Project
Negotiating civilian and military lives: Reserves, families and work
CRFR Publications
CRFR Briefing 83: A ‘pockets’ approach to addressing financial vulnerability
CRFR Briefing 82: Social assets, low income and child wellbeing
CRFR Briefing 81: Financial vulnerability, mothers’ emotional distress and child wellbeing
CRFR Briefing 59: Veterans and their families
CRFR Briefing 56: Women in management: gender, age and working lives

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